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Tavern Culture
Barrel In Tavern
The tavern has long been a fixture in Wisconsin communities. Wisconsin has had a large number of "Mom and Pop" taverns where folks gather in a friendly environment for food and drink. Taverns span all socioeconomic groups and exist everywhere from small, northwoods towns to urban neighborhoods.

Although faced with increasing competition and diminishing numbers, taverns still command a presence in Wisconsin's cultural landscape. Founded in 1934, the Tavern League of Wisconsin is the largest member organization of its kind. With over 4,000 members across the state, the Tavern League works to maintain the tavern as an essential component of the hospitality industry.

Barrel In Tavern, Milwaukee, WI, 1977
Milwaukee Journal photograph.
WHS Visual Materials Archive, WHi (X3) 40856